Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group
Chair: Ruth Hagestuen, RN, MA
Co-Chairs: Patrick Browne, RGN, RNP, BNS, BSc, MHSc and Victor McConvey, RN, MACN
Webpage Editor: Mariella Graziano, BSc (Hons)
To establish within the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society an international interdisciplinary network of professionals in counseling, nursing, rehabilitation and genetics, who enrich and broaden the scope of care, management and research initiatives in Movement Disorders.
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Message from the Editor
Health Professionals Set Sights on International Congress
By Mariella Graziano
The Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group is proud of their achievements in 2014 and are preparing for the new challenges and opportunities in 2015. Read more
News for Health Professionals
Parkinson's Australia National Conference 'In This Together': May 27-29, 2015 - AUSTRALIA
Parkinson’s Australia will hold a National Conference entitled ‘In this Together’ in Adelaide, South Australia, May 27-29, 2015.
This bi-annual meeting is attended by Health Care Professionals, people living with Parkinson’s, and their families and care-providers. Similar to a World’s Parkinson’s Congress, with patients and professionals blended together in sessions, the results from the meeting will likely prove to be quite powerful wherein this year a Dystonia stream will be included.
For information about extended deadlines and to learn how to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, view the Registration Brochure
Now Available! European Physiotherapy Guideline for Parkinson’s Disease
The European Physiotherapy Guideline for Parkinson’s Disease is now available!
Identified as “…a unique and challenging collaboration, with a great product as a result. The Guideline will be helpful to all involved in Parkinson care who support evidence-based patient-centred care,” by Dr. Samyra Keus, who lead the development.
Currently the Guideline is available in English and comes in four parts:
The Guideline: Mainly for physiotherapists, covers the background on Parkinson’s disease and health management, physiotherapy core areas and rationale, and evidence for categories of interventions.
Information for People with Parkinson’s: This document offers self-management support and how to get the best out of physiotherapy care.
Information for Clinicians: This document identifies when to refer to physiotherapy and what to expect.
Information to the Development and Scientific Justification of the Guideline: This provides insight in the barriers and facilitators of current care and details to measurement tools and the GRADE-based recommendations.
Translations into German, Dutch and other languages are underway.
Read more about the Guidelines development initiative and sponsorship here. For questions about the European Guidelines for Parkinson’s Disease, please contact Dr. Samyra Keus.
2nd Allied Health Professional Movement Disorder School held in Portugal
The 2nd Annual Allied Health Professional Summer School "Physiotherapy for People with Parkinson’s," was held in Torres Vedras (Lisbon), Portugal on September 25-27, 2014. This school was developed in 2013 to further increase Parkinson-specific expertise among physiotherapists throughout Europe, through interactions with experts in the field and each other.
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Hundreds Attend European Unity Walk in Luxembourg
The 2nd European Unity Walk took part in Luxembourg. A day marked by unity and public awareness, attendees included more than 700 people with Parkinson's, their families, friends, and carers.
Watch a video of the event
Movement Disorders Book Reviews
The MDS Health Professionals Special Interest Group is pleased to share book reviews of Movement Disorders publications pertaining to health professionals:
How to Live Well with Parkinson's Disease: Advice from a Physical Therapist by Miriam P. Boelen, PT. Reviewed by Clynton Correa, PT, MSc, PhD, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rehabilitation in Movement Disorders by Robert Iansek and Meg E. Morris. Reviewed by Victor McConvey- RN MACN, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Health Information Team Manager, Parkinson’s Victoria Melbourne, Australia